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Homage (CD & DVD) AC-3, Classical, Widescreen, Deluxe Edition

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  • Performer: James Ehnes
  • Audio CD (Nov. 4 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Widescreen, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B001IYC51O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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2008 Grammy and Gramophone Award Winner James Ehnes in a showcase recital for the instruments of the Fulton Collection. 12 of the world's greatest violins and violas by Stradivari, Guarneri del Gesù, Guadagnini, and more, some never before recorded. Recital programme includes some of the great virtuoso pieces. CD plus full-length performance DVD including special features A tribute to 12 of the world’s greatest stringed instruments and their makers. This recital programme on CD and separate DVD is selected by James Ehnes to highlight the unique quality of each violin and viola, and includes comparison tracks played on all the instruments. The DVD contains the full programme plus interviews with James Ehnes and David Fulton, the owner of this unique collection of instruments.

From the Artist

Canadian James Ehnes has won the 2008 Gramophone Award for Best Concerto Recording of the Year for Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra (London), conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

This is the third major award for James this year - his recording of the Barber, Korngold and Walton Concertos with the Vancouver Symphony conducted by Bramwell Tovey won the 2008 GRAMMY and JUNO Awards for Best Classical Album of the year. It also won the Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording.


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I have thought in the past that something like this cd/dvd set would be very interesting. Now that a project like this has finally come along I have to say I could not be happier. The level of playing technique is breathtaking and the dvd with it's interviews makes it such a complete package. I can't think of anything that would have made this better. If you are even the slightest bit interested in violins then you must buy this set. Being able to compair some of the greatest violins in history back to back is really something special.
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For anyone who has ever been curious about the Golden Era violins of Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini and Gasparo da Salo, this DVD/CD set is a must! Ehnes has selected the repertoire for this recording to individually showcase 12 of the world's greatest violins and violas and offers insightful commentary on each instrument's characteristics and strengths. His playing is of course masterful and entertaining!

This is a tremendous value as the photography of each instrument in the Fulton collection is no where else available. Some of the greatest, such as the 'La Pucelle' Strad, have not been seen in public for many decades! Each instrument is filmed to give a 360 degree close up view. The piano accompaniment by Eduard Laurel is worth the price already. You also receive an audio CD with 33 tracks,and a booklet with a brief history of each violin maker and instrument and color photos of the 9 violins and 3 violas. A terrific gift idea for any violinist, violist and anyone interested in collectible violins.
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Homage (CD & DVD)
Ehnes plays masterfully, as expected. This homage to the great violin and viola makers is outstanding: while I do not have a trained ear, I believe I could understand why he chose music specifically for each instrument and, to the best of my knowledge/experience, the instruments are presented in all their glory - you really can experience their individual personalities. Having specific comparison pieces allows one to gain an insight into the individual capabilities of the instruments. The DVD enhances both the artistic and pedagogical experiences. A dream to listen to.
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I bought this for a young boy in Ukraine who is studying violin and viola. His family are poor, and it is a great sacrifice for them to pay for his lessons and instruments. He has won many competitions and is very dedicated. They aren't able to afford CDs and have limited access to them in any case. They are delighted with the CD, and really appreciate the history of both instruments. James Ehnes plays exquisitely, and his warm personal touch is and added pleasure.
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Superb & fascinating. Couldn't be better pleased.
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